Municipal corporation: New assembly hall not disabled friendly, says Adviser

Though the officials said the cupboards were kept there temporarily due to the ongoing construction work, the Adviser suggested that as soon as the building is ready, it should be cleaned up immediately.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published:November 19, 2016 5:12 am
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UT ADVISER Parimal Rai does not find the new assembly hall of the Municipal Corporation building disabled friendly. During a surprise inspection at the MC office at Sector 17 on Friday, he suggested that the new assembly hall had steps inside and there was no provision for the physically challenged. The Rs 1.6-crore new assembly hall was already in the news for all the wrong reasons when the MC House meeting was held in haste despite the hall not being ready. Immediately, the House meeting was deferred by two-and-a-half hours as electric wires were being fixed, painting was being done and wood work was going on.

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Congress had already raised objection saying the hall was being built hurriedly in an improper manner only because Mayor Arun Sood wanted to inaugurate it before the model code of conduct came into force. During inspection, the UT adviser went round the new floors where construction work was under way. It was then that he went and saw the new hall.

“As there are steps inside the hall and no provision for handicapped persons, Sir (Adviser) suggested that we must make an arrangement for them and it was the first and foremost thing we should have done. We will now get some wooden ramps to place it there as that is the only thing we can do now,” said a senior official on condition of anonymity.

Besides, the adviser asked the officials concerned as to why the cupboards had been kept in the corridors, thereby making the area unclean and congested. Though the officials said the cupboards were kept there temporarily due to the ongoing construction work, the Adviser suggested that as soon as the building is ready, it should be cleaned up immediately.

During his 40-minute stay at the MC office, Rai asked the commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, B Pururshartha, about the various problems the civic body was facing. The latter also mentioend the staff crunch. Then, Rai asked Purushartha to meet him and give a list of the shortcomings at the MC. The adviser even visited the complaint redressal centre and saw how officials were functioning.